LinuxMCE8.10 Alpha

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The information in this article is now deprecated

Currently (as of Aug 2009), the team is working hard on LinuxMCE-0810-Alpha9.

The current alpha is available for download. Anyone wishing to do so, however, should understand that alpha-releases are a work in progress to be used by those who are willing to test a system and provide feedback to the team. It should not be used in an environment that you depend on to be reliable.

For more information, see the Alpha1 page at LinuxMCE-0810_alpha1

The instructions below are expected to remain the same for all alpha releases from Alpha2 onwards.


  1. Install Kubuntu Intrepid, update it and enable the restricted (video) drivers if needed. (download Kubuntu 8.10 release)
  2. Run aptitude update and aptitude dist-upgrade to get the latest Kubuntu updates.
  3. Grab the latest installer script from here, unpack them and change into the freshly created new-installer directory.
  4. Run the following scripts (as root, in order):,,
  5. Reboot, wait for the activity to stop (see progress on console 8).

In other words, after installing Kubuntu :

sudo su - #This might ask for the password you specified earlier during the install of kubuntu.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
wget -c
tar xvf new-installer-alpha-latest.tar.gz
cd new-installer
sudo apt-get install w32codecs libdvdcss2 kubuntu-restricted-extras

Setup Diskless MD

  1. On core from a terminal run sudo /usr/pluto/bin/
  2. Boot MD
  3. Rundiskless setup fails, but the device gets created
  4. Change md to i386 in webadmin -> rebuild image
  5. On the core
    1. Set a password for root on MD
      1. chroot /usr/pluto/diskless/<##>
      2. run passwd.... enter password for root
  6. On MD Switch to a terminal session
    1. Login to MD as root
    2. apt-get install nvividia-glx-177
  7. From core copy valid xorg.conf from etc/X11 to /usr/pluto/diskless/##/etc/X11
  8. Reboot MD. Now, the AV Wizard should come up
  9. After the AV Wizard it takes a longer time to launch devices. No not need to reboot.


If you don't happen to have a running xorg.conf, copy over the existing /etc/X11/xorg.conf.pluto-avwizard to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.

You have to remove a single line RgbPath from the xorg.conf file, and change the line

driver nv


driver nvidia

Known Problems

Upgrading pluto-storage-devices

If apt-get upgrade does cause problems with pluto-boot-scripts, do the following

dpkg -r --force-all pluto-storage-devices
apt-get install pluto-storage-devices
apt-get upgrade

VDR Installation

VDR does not yet install a working setup. Follow VDR Manual Install regarding configuration files.

VDR and sqlCVS Update

A sqlCVS update will reset the selection from VDR back to MythTV. Re-running the Setup wizard and re-selecting VDR rectifies this glitch.